A Cyclorama Apparently Comes in Quite Handy

I know this may come as a bit of a shock to you all, but I have a rather strong stubborn streak.  I know, I know – you’d NEVER be able to tell from this blog, would you? 😛  Anyhoo, when my new tabletop studio came this week, the words “some assembly required” were (naturally) attached to it, and Beloved was out of town on business.

So I broke out the screwdriver, tape measure and instructions and put it together myself.

Which, yes, is something of note, because while the word “stubborn” is completely appropriate when used to describe me, “handy” and “coordinated” and “good with tools” are not.  But I dove in with my characteristic bull-headedness enthusiasm and started screwing pieces together.  After 45 minutes of solid cursing, I had assembled…one of the legs that holds the overhead light up.  After that, it went a little more quickly, and before I knew it I had both of the legs assembled, as well as the crossbar.

Only to realize I’d put it all together backwards.

So, apart it all came, but this time it went more or less like a house smoldering afire, and while I had a bit of a problem with the fluorescent light fixture and the overhead reflector (did you know you can hold the whole mess up with your head while you screw it in place?), I finally got it all assembled.

And it hasn’t fallen apart yet.  Yay, me.

And it works, too!  (All of these were taken with a Nikkor 60mm 1:2.8G AF-5 Micro lens.)


A Christmas Ornament

Pepper Mill

Mah Pepper Mill

I’ve had a couple of people ask me if I take the pictures that accompany the recipes I post.  Up until now, I’m sorry to say that with a few exceptions, no I do not – most of them are purchased from iStockPhoto.com.  Part of the reason I got the tabletop studio is so that I can begin to document my recipes a little more thoroughly.

I only hope my food photography continues to improve.

Nilla Wafers

Nilla Wafers


15-Year-Old Single Malt Scotch

Chicken and Noodles

Kinda “meh” chicken and noodles (better known as “hurl it in the pan and pray”)

Okay.  I’m through boring you now.

22 thoughts on “A Cyclorama Apparently Comes in Quite Handy”

  1. Yay, you got it assembled right! And what fantastic photos, all of them. My eye, of course, focused on the ornament because the photos of my stuff (all hand painted, etc.) looks like crap compared to this! *sigh*

    Oh, and congratulations!
    .-= Jane Gaston´s last blog ..The Burning Bed =-.

  2. It’s a bit subliminal but doesn’t the ice cube in the Scotch say, “I want sex with my husband at least once a day”? Very clever dear, you give GREAT photo shop!

  3. How fun! Good for you! So now you can take pictures for your recipe book….yippy!!! I’m glad that you got it put together….didn’t it make you feel good when you completed it? I am looking forward to lots of great photo’s from you! XX
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Twas The Days Before Christmas =-.

  4. These are great pictures! Nice blog you have here. So festive! I’m here via Alltop, but saw that you’re part of SITS, so I had to make sure to leave a comment. Happy Holidays to you! ; )

  5. Those all turned out perfect! And I was giggling uncontrollably when I read that you put it together backwards first. Been there. 😉

    Now I REALLY want to get a table top studio…wonder if I can change my previous Christmas list to hubby? He likes to shop last minute… 😉
    .-= Stacy (the Random Cool Chick)´s last blog ..My Secret Santa ROCKS! =-.

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